ATG People in the News 7/2/18

by | Jul 2, 2018 | 0 comments

Vanderbilt News reports that “Philip Walker has been named director of Vanderbilt University’s Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library…

Having served as librarian at Eskind since 2012 and as interim director for the past year, Walker has built a strong reputation for his deep knowledge and expertise as well as his kind and patient “bedside manner” when training or helping researchers, according to Hotchkiss.

Walker previously worked at Tulane University’s Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, Texas Medical Center Library and Meharry Medical College Library. Walker earned a master’s in library and information science from Louisiana State University and a master’s in health informatics from the University of Missouri. He is originally from New Orleans, Louisana.

The Eskind Biomedical Library serves the entire Vanderbilt community, with particular outreach to the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Medical Center, and various programs in the College of Arts and Science, School of Engineering, Peabody College and Owen Graduate School of Management. The building that houses this library has undergone extensive renovations in 2017-18 and will reopen Aug. 1…

Walker stresses the importance of engagement on every level. “We must be more than warehouses of information,” he said. “The Eskind Biomedical Library is a hub for interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge building. As I see it, our mission as librarians is to engage with our constituents as partners in the research, clinical and academic enterprise.”


According to KnowledgeSpeak the “Entomological Society of the America (ESA) has announced the appointment of Frank Zalom as the new editor-in-chief of its scientific journal, the Journal of Economic Entomology.

Zalom will succeed John Trumble, professor of entomology at UC Riverside. Trumble, editor-in-chief for 20 years, informed ESA in late 2017 of his intent to leave the role in 2018. In January, the journal’s editorial board launched a widespread search for his successor.

A 43-member of ESA and the 2014 president, Zalom will serve a five-year term as editor-in-chief. The journal publishes research on the economic significance of insects. It includes sections on apiculture and social insects, insecticides, biological control, household and structural insects, crop protection, forest entomology, and other topics.

Zalom’s 40-year career intersects entomological research, teaching, and application. He served 16 years as director of the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) and is the only entomologist in the UC system to receive a simultaneous appointment in teaching, research, and extension. He focuses his research on IPM of agricultural crops.


ACRL Insider reports that “ACRL is able to award scholarships to academic and research librarians and library staff to attend the ACRL 2019 Conference thanks to donors like Trevor A Dawes. The association is strongly dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the Scholarships Committee gives preference to applicants who are from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds, serve under-represented groups, and have not previously been awarded an ACRL scholarship. We invite you to invest in the future leaders of the profession as they seek to gain the experience, knowledge, and connections needed to advance learning and transform scholarship in the 21st century by contributing to the ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship fund. To learn more about donating, please visit the ACRL 2019 website.

Trevor A. Dawes is the vice provost for libraries and museums at the University of Delaware, is a 2017-20 ALA Executive Board Member, and has been a Friend of ACRL since 2007.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Authentic, Engaging, Visionary.

2. Why do you support the Friends of ACRL? The Friends of ACRL makes possible so many opportunities for ACRL members.  Professional development, scholarships, access to publications, advocacy and innovative programming are but some of these opportunities.  As is the case with any organization, member dues and other sources of revenue cannot support all that ACRL does for its members and I therefore feel a responsibility to support the association in this way.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I think people may be surprised to know that I’m shy.  Although I describe myself as engaging (and I believe I am), I have been working diligently to be less shy — especially because of the positions I hold, within ACRL and at my place of employment. I think my efforts are paying off though.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? One person who’s been very influential is Steven Bell, past president of ACRL.  There have been others certainly but especially in my year as vice president of ACRL, I was able to watch Steven effectively manage the Board meetings and discussions, respond to press inquiries, engage with members, and facilitate discussions at conferences and I have been impressed with the skill with which he does it all.  He definitely demonstrated some skills that I am trying to emulate — even though I’m adding my own personal touch…”


According to Good e-ReaderBernhard Mischke has been the digital business and customer service lead at Thalia and he has just been tapped to be the new new managing director of Tolino Media. His primary responsibility will be to grow the ebook business. Bernhard succeeds Maximilian Hugendubel, who has had the position for the past six years.

Tolino Media is the key content partner of the Tolino Alliance and is one of the largest German-language publishing platforms for digital reading material. In addition to one of the most comprehensive German-language e-book assortment, Tolino Media also runs the self-publishing platform that allows indie authors to have their ebooks integrated into the main Tolino bookstore.”

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